All Swiss news from the European Athletics Championships in Rome – Sport


Heptathlon: Kälin narrowly misses medal

Heptathlete Annik Kälin had to settle for fourth place. The 24-year-old equaled the Swiss record on Saturday morning with a jump of 6.84 meters in the long jump and had her sights set on the medals. The 32 points behind the bronze place after 5 disciplines turned into 106 in the end. With 6490 points, Kälin was only just below her Swiss record. The victory went to the Belgian Nafissatou Thiam (6848 points). Behind her, the Frenchwoman Auriana Lazraq-Khlass took silver, also because she improved her personal best in the javelin throw by almost 5 meters. Noor Vidts (BEL) won the bronze medal. The European Championships are not over for Kälin yet, she will compete in the long jump from Tuesday.

Women’s pole vault: Moser and Stöcklin in the final

Co-favorite Angelica Moser reached the pole vault final without any problems. The 2021 European Indoor Champion failed at 4.50 meters in her first attempt, but corrected the mistake immediately. Because enough competitors failed at this height, she did not even have to attempt the actual qualification height of 4.55 m. Also in the second attempt, Pascale Stöcklin the 4.50 m, she is also in the final on Monday. Lea Bachmann jumped 4.40 meters, but was eliminated.

100 m men: Reais misses final

William Reais missed the final in the 100 m. The 25-year-old ran a time of 10.32 seconds, which is his season’s best. The competition was special for Reais because his heat had to be repeated twice due to a false start. For the Swiss, however, the focus at the European Championships is primarily on the 200 meters, in which the semifinals are scheduled for Sunday evening.

100 m women: Frey easily advances

Geraldine Frey The 100 m gallop was a success. The soon-to-be 27-year-old from central Switzerland finished second in her heat in 11.25 seconds, just three hundredths of a second over her season’s best. “I got off to a good start. I could do even better in the transition phase,” said Frey afterwards. Overall, she set the fourth-best time. 14 runners made it to the semifinals, for which Mujinga Kambundji and Salomé Kora have pre-qualified. The semifinals and final are scheduled for Sunday evening.

400 m men: Spitz confident, Petrucciani trembles

Lionel Spitz made it convincingly into the 400 m semi-final. The 23-year-old from Zurich won his heat in 45.37 seconds. This meant he came close to his personal best (45.25). Only the Italian Luca Sito from the 3rd heat was faster in the 1st round. The performance of Ricky Petrucciani: The Ticino runner was overtaken by several runners on the home straight, only finished 6th in his heat in 45.90 seconds and had to wait a long time before it was clear that he would slip into the semifinals in 14th and last place.

The other Swiss in the preliminary rounds:

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